The New York Giants have now gone consecutive games without giving up a touchdown, so the defense is feeling pretty good right about now. The offense got five field goals, so there’s room for improvement there, but the Giants must be feeling good about one thing: their run defense.
Even when the Giants were losing their first six games of the season, the defense was stopping the likes of Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte.
The Giants shut down McCoy again in yesterday’s win, so the offseason additions that were made by Jerry Reese are paying off so far. However, the most impressive of all was the performance against reigning MVP Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.
New York has a bye week next week, but they’ll have to face Terrelle Pryor, Darren McFadden and the Oakland Raiders. While it may not seem like a dangerous game, Pryor can run the football and McFadden, when healthy, is a pretty good running back as well. The Giants must be able to defend the read-option because the Raiders will be going to it a lot.
After that, the Giants have the Green Bay Packers, and it may not seem as if there should be much worry defending the run. However, Eddie Lacy has come in and provided the Packers with a running back who’s an every-down back. Lacy isn’t the easiest to bring down either, so the Giants must prepare for their run game more than people think they should.
For now, the Giants are very encouraged. They’ll need the run defense to continue its stellar play, especially if the Giants want to get back in the NFC East race. After all, they are only two games behind the Dallas Cowboys, who are currently in first in the division.